Keto Asian cabbage stir-fry

Keto Asian cabbage stir-fry

This keto stir-fry has a telling nickname: crack slaw. Yes, it really is that good! Easy to make. Amazingly tasty. No wonder people find it addicting!

Keto Asian cabbage stir-fry

This keto stir-fry has a telling nickname: crack slaw. Yes, it really is that good! Easy to make. Amazingly tasty. No wonder people find it addicting!
4 servingservings


  • 25 oz. 750 g green cabbage
  • 5 oz. 150 g butter
  • 20 oz. 600 g ground beef
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 2 garlic clovegarlic cloves
  • 3 3 scallion, in slicesscallions, in slices
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp sesame oil
Wasabi mayonnaise
  • 1 cup 225 ml mayonnaise
  • ½ - 1 tbsp ½ - 1 tbsp wasabi paste


  1. Shred the cabbage finely using a sharp knife or a food processor.
  2. Fry the cabbage in 2–3 ounces (60–90 g) butter in a large frying or wok pan on medium-high heat, but don't let the cabbage turn brown. It takes a while for the cabbage to soften.
  3. Add spices and vinegar. Stir and fry for a couple of minutes more. Put the cabbage in a bowl.
  4. Melt the rest of the butter in the same frying pan. Add garlic, chili flakes and ginger and sauté for a few minutes.
  5. Add ground meat and brown until the meat is thoroughly cooked and most of the juices have evaporated. Lower the heat a little.
  6. Add scallions and cabbage to the meat. Stir until everything is hot. Add salt and pepper to taste, and top with the sesame oil before serving.
  7. Mix together the wasabi mayonnaise by starting with a small amount of wasabi and adding more until the flavor is just right. Serve the stir-fry warm with a dollop of wasabi mayonnaise on top.

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Substituting ingredients

Want variety? You can replace the beef with other kinds of protein like ground chicken, pork or lamb. If you have other sorts of cabbage like red cabbage or savoy cabbage, they will work just as fine. If you don't like mayonnaise you can substitute that for crème fraîche, sour cream or even cream cheese.

Storing and reheating

This dish keeps in the fridge for at least 3-4 days. You can also store it in the freezer for up to 4 months. Thawing and reheating can make the cabbage release its liquid so the dish may be a bit more watery compared to freshly cooked. This does not affect the flavor of the dish.

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  1. Kelsey
    how is this 11 carbs a serving? I calculated 22 net grams from the cabbage alone and the only other things that would add carbs would be garlic and green onions which at most would add 5 more net carbs. This only gives me around 7 carbs per serving. What am I missing?
    Reply: #202
  2. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Onion powder and ginger also add carbs. 6g net carbs per serving from the cabbage plus the carbs from garlic, scallions, ginger and onion powder are going to add up. If the specific brands you are using are lower carb, then that is a good thing!
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  4. Kayla
    Can you replace the cabbage with something else?
    Thank you
    Reply: #205
  5. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can you replace the cabbage with something else?
    Thank you

    Yes, you could try bok choy or broccoli. Just keep in mind any substitution would affect carb count.

  6. Jessica
    Hi, I found this tasty enough without changing the recipe. Tip, if you select a different number of servings, modify the amount of butter you use to sauté the cabbage as indicated in recipe instructions. I would like to try the pork variation suggested above.
  7. Susan Moniz
    Tried the cabbage stir fry this evening. It is awesome. Unfortunately I didn't have wasabi to make the Mayo but even without it it was great.
    I'm strictly keto but hubby isn't so I made lo mein noodles for him to go along with this. He loved them both.
    Thank you.
  8. kathryn
    Another winner! I have to say I was skeptical but after reading the reviews I went for it. I did add some sesame seeds in the final saute and used 1/2 cup sour cream instead of mayo. Very good.
    Thank you D.D.
  9. Charlotta
    I skipped the sesame seeds and sauteed the cabbage separately from the ground meat as DH does not like spicy things. This was wonderful!
  10. Deanna
    I would guess that horseradish would be delicious but different and not so much of an asian flare. Horseradish typically goes well with cabbage and is related to wasabi, so it may be good? Not sure how horseradish goes with ginger. Maybe try just a little so you don't ruin the dish?
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